Despite enthusiasm for REDD+, deforestation in Peru continues

9 January 2014

LIMA, Peru (9 January 2014) — The economic and political conditions in Peru favor an increase in deforestation, despite the country having set a target of zero net deforestation by 2021, a new study shows.

“Peru is experiencing economic growth,” said Mary Menton of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), one of the lead authors of “The context of REDD+ in Peru: Drivers, agents and institutions” (published in Spanish), the latest in a series of occasional papers that gather and analyze extensive information on the political and economic conditions in forest-rich countries.

“Much of this growth is happening — and is likely to keep on happening — at the expense of the Peruvian Amazon.”

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